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Bill Cowher Would Coach Giants, Dolphins Or Texans, According To Report

When the New York Giants were 1-2 earlier this season, rumors flew about head coach Tom Coughlin's job security, or lack thereof, and the reported interest of Bill Cowher in taking over the position. But then the Giants won eight of their next 10 games, quieting Coughlin's detractors. Until Sunday. 

Sunday's colossal collapse to the Philadelphia Eagles not only dropped the Giants' record to 9-5 this season, but it also reignited the Bill Cowher to New York talks, rumors which quickly spread when ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Cowher has a "wish list" of teams he's like to coach. 

According to a source close to Cowher, the strong-jawed former Pittsburgh head coach is "adamant that the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans and are atop his wish list [in that order] if any of those teams should make a coaching change after the 2010 season." 

Cowher has been linked to the Giants job ever since Jerome Bettis said last year "That's the team that he really coveted."

Coughlin is under contract for just one more season (the deal expires in February of 2012), according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Schefter adds "Coughlin's compensation drops by $750,000 in 2011," which Mike Florio at PFT thinks will make it easier for New York to make "an up-or-out decision ... after the current season ends."

Giants co-owner, John Mara, called reports of Cowher's supposed wish list "ridiculous."

"That's ridiculous. That is ridiculous," Mara said. "Are we down to that? We were writing Bill Cowher stories two months ago and now we are going to write them again. That's ridiculous."

With two games left -- at Green Bay and at Washington -- the Giants are currently the No. 6 seed in the NFC, with not much of a shot of catching the Eagles in the NFC East. 

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